With 18 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards under his belt, Rafa Sardina has built an eclectic, international clientele working with artists including Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Luis Miguel, Alejandro Sanz, D’Angelo and so many others. If there is one thing that is consistent across his work — which now consists mostly of producing or co-producing projects — it is that it spans multiple musical genres and inter-cultural influences. Indeed, his most recent Grammy Award from 2021 was for Best Tango Album for Tinto Tango play Piazzolla — an album he co-produced with artist Tinto Tango.
While Sardina still gets called on to engineer and mix the big LA sessions, he is increasingly selective on the types of projects he will become involved in — 80 percent of which are usually production-type projects, he says: "To me, I am drawn to the projects that have a strong creative imprint rather than the pop flavor of the month. The charts don’t provoke me anymore," he says. "You have to lead with your body of work, and you have to be in the studio every day actually doing it. Right now, I am working on a huge array of projects: jazz, classical, pop, folk — it's all over the musical spectrum."
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